Welcome to 2021, seems a lot like 2020 right? COVID-19 is still around some, of us are still unemployed, filled with anxiety, stress, while others are creating content, building businesses and making ends meet. Two sides of the same coin if you ask.
That said, this post is for both sides starting with the anxious, stressed and unemployed. The emotions of stress and anxiety feed on psychological fear, which occasionally isn’t real. It is a story that keeps amplifying itself because we keep burying the initial problem with more problems. Thus I say stop making the hole bigger and starting dealing with each issue one by one. Start with the easiest one, which might be removing distractions during the day time. These being anything that prevents you from reading, writing, or simply being apart of reality. By doing this, you are creating more time within the day to be productive.
After completing the first set of tasks, move on to the harder ones like finding or creating a new job. Fiverr, Indeed, Youtube, and Facebook are great tools to find inspiration or search for new opportunities.
If you don’t need to do this and are dealing with anxiety, try to find what triggers it, maybe you are living in the past, recovering from a breakup, struggling to express yourself or stuck in a sea of thoughts. I find that meditating can remedy all of these situations as it helps you get out of your head. Starting with guided mediations will aid in replacing negative thoughts with positive affirmations. Two phenomenal apps to try are headspace and smiling mind.
As this happens, you can see that the past doesn’t have a place in your daily life as life only moves forward. Thus, living in the past holds you back the same way, focusing on a breakup or repressing yourself does. The time and days won’t stop, while you try to figure things out or go in reverse, which is an example to follow.
That said, my advice is to start each day with a clean slate. Focus on things you can change like how you spend your time and who you chose to spend it on. Leave yesterdays emotions where they belong instead of letting them tag along.
Creators & Entrepreneurs
For those who are creating content, starting their own business and doing whatever it takes to make ends meet all I have to say is keep going. Avoid burning out by taking breaks during the day or throughout the week to recharge and keep things fresh.
Another way to recharge is to take a 20 min power nap or an hour doing something you’re passionate about even if its creating content, reading, writing or exploring nature. After this get back on the grind, I promise you will thank yourself for doing so.